In my last blog post I shared a meme that I created with the intent to digitally spread a satirical message about the students of U of I who desirably await winter break. My goal was to damatize the simple everyday tasks at U of I, like using the public bathrooms, that students can not wait to forget for a month. My audience was other U of I students who could create their own version of my meme using the text “Holiday’s Start Now”, and the hashtag, #getoutofchambana, but the meme did not get a lot of attention.
The reason behind the lack of attention my mom received is, one becuase I only shared it though Snapchat, a media through which only my closest friends see posts. Two, the hashtag attached to the post was only relevant on U of I’s campus, and specifically to those students who leave Champaign/Urbana for the Holidays. Three, the humor I used in my meme is subtle and not strong enough to attract a bigger audience. If I had a twitter, or a Facebook my meme could have gotten a greater exposure to. prouder U of I audience who might have a similar humor and appreciate my satirical comment. Either way, the meme had low chances of becoming viral because it did not participate in or respond to popular culture, and it was not publicized enough to become popular culture.
My meme did receive attention from friends and acquaintances that are my friends on Snapchat. Those who understood my meme, sent me comments and strings of laughing emojis to show their reaction. Two friends screenshot my snapchat and posted it in group chats to either poke fun at me, or use it as an emoji to other conversations. My best friend was the only one to participate in creating her on version of the meme, but since she is not at U of I the hashtag, #getoutofchambana, became #getoutofmidwest, saying their are better places to be during the holidays than the flatlands.